John Gee

Professor, William Gay Research Professor , Asian & Near Eastern Languages

3093 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I integrate information from other disciplines (history, archaeology, and other languages) into my language instruction. Brigham Young University is a rare place where one can integrate the gospel of Jesus Christ and the scriptures into classes. I try to relate the material that I am teaching with things that my students already know.


The purpose of the William (Bill) Gay Research Chair is to support scholarship in fields of study directly related to ancient scripture study, such as Egyptology and other relevant ancient languages and disciplines and to contribute in a significant way to further knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the scriptural heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the William (Bill) Gay Research Professor I strive to fulfill the purposes of the chair in my research. I research both the ancient world and ancient scripture and strive to integrate the two.

Selected Publications

John Gee, “Socio-economic Texts,” The Oxford Handbook of Egyptology, ed. Ian Shaw and Elizabeth Bloxam (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), 1019-1032.

John Gee, “Four Idolatrous Gods in the Book of Abraham,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 38 (2020): 133-152.

John Gee, Saving Faith: How Families Protect, Sustain, and Encourage Faith (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 2020).

John Gee, An Introduction to the Book of Abraham (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 2017).

John Gee, “The Cult of Chespisichis,” in Egypt in Transition: Social and Religious Development of Egypt in the First Millennium BCE, ed. Ladislav Bareš, Filip Coppens, and Květa Smoláriková (Prague: Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, 2010), 129-45.

John Gee, “The Book of the Dead as Canon,” British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 15 (2010), 22-33.

John Gee, “Execration Rituals in Various Temples,” in 8. Ägyptologische Tempeltagung: Interconnections between Temples, ed. Monika Dolińska and Horst Beinlich (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010), 67-80.

John Gee, “History of a Theban Priesthood,” in «Et maintenant ce ne sont plus que des villages…» Thèbes et sa région aux époques hellénistique, romaine et byzantine. Actes du Colloque tenu à Bruxelles les 2 et 3 Décembre 2005, ed. Alain Delattre and Paul Heilporn, Papyrologica Bruxellensia 34 (Bruxelles: Association Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth, 2008), 59-71.

John Gee, “The Use of the Daily Temple Liturgy in the Book of the Dead,” in Totenbuch-Forschungen: Gesammelte Beiträge des 2. Internationalen Totenbuch-Symposiums, Bonn, 25. bis 29. September 2005, ed. Burkhard Backes, Irmtraut Munro and Simone Stöhr (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2007), 73-86.


If work has to be done, at some point, someone has to do the work. We take our turns at the onerous drudgery that needs to be done.

Citizenship assignments

Participation in the Faculty GE Envisioning Workshop 2018.

Member, Board of Trustees, Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, 2006-2012, 2013-present.

Chair, Egyptology and Ancient Israel Section, Society of Biblical Literature, 2011-2014.

Editor, Journal for the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, 2007-2010.

Acting Chair, Egyptology and Ancient Israel Section, Society of Biblical Literature, 2007-2010.

Member, Board of Directors, Aziz S. Atiya Fund for Coptic Studies, University of Utah, 2000-2008.

Office Hours
By Appointment
3093 JFSB